The computer and textile industries, to most people, seem to have nothing in common. If anything, people can easily comprehend that development in the computer industry led to advancement in the textile industry. How hard would it be to believe that the exact opposite is also correct? Yes, it is quite true that the weaving […]

We are proud to announce the kick-off of a new education program held here at McCarl Coverlet Gallery this summer. The program, cleverly titled Woven into History, presents a history-based program for visiting classes of school children in grades 1-6 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The program fits seamlessly into our mission statement which seeks to, […]

On Friday, April 12, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery hosted its second ever open mic night. The event, titled “The SVC Coachella Music Festival,” after the yearly Coachella music and art festival hosted in Indio, California, brought performers, music lovers, SVC students and non-SVC students to our beautiful Gallery. This eclectic bunch brought a whole new […]

With Easter just right around the corner, The McCarl Coverlet Gallery thought it would be fun to discuss a different type of weaving– basket weaving! Historical evidence suggests that baskets have existed since the beginning of human civilization. To put this into perspective, archeologists have discovered  ancient basket weavings in Egyptian pyramids, which date back […]

Most American coverlets from the Nineteenth Century feature realistic imagery. The popularity of these images reveals their importance to both individual customers and American culture as a whole. For example, buildings from the humble farmhouse to United States Capitol found themselves woven into coverlets, because America was creatively striving to definite itself as architecturally important […]

One of the most prolific and innovative weavers of the 19th century was a New York resident named Harry Tyler. Tyler wove over 300 coverlets in 26 years, several of which are housed in the McCarl Gallery. Much of Tyler’s early history is unknown, the only tangible pieces of information that he was born in […]

There is hardly any record on African American weavers as weaving was most common among white men. African American quilting traditions were very common around the time of the four civilizations of Central and West Africa. These were: the Mande-speaking peoples; the Yoruba and Fon peoples; the Ejagham peoples; and the Kongo peoples. Textiles were […]